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The Life Story of Mrs. Ocsie Mae Lloyd-Parker "Jackie"
If you miss me from walking down here, come on up to bright Glory, you’ll find me walking the streets that are paved of gold. Again, death has invaded the ranks of the Lloyd Family and the New Paradise Missionary Baptist Church. It has carried away not only a Christian Woman, faithful member, beautiful mother, precious grandmother, sister, aunt, and dear friend but a saint who stayed on the battlefield for the Lord.
Ocsie Mae Lloyd-Parker was born in Tunica, Mississippi on February 12, 1931, the fourth of seven children born to the late Dan Lloyd and O. C. Sledge-Lloyd. Ocsie Mae affectionately called “Jackie” by her family knew that Christianity did not exempt one from death but ensured triumph over death.
Ocsie fought the good fight, she finished her course, she kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up for her a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give her at that day. 2 Timothy 4:7-8. On Saturday, October 14, 2023, at 5:30 p.m. Ocsie Mae “Jackie” peacefully in her sleep pulled off mortal and put on immortality, making the transition to her heavenly home at Pine Ridge Nursing Center in Stevensville, Michigan.
At an early age, “Jackie” accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at the First Baptist Church in Lambert, Mississippi and was baptized by the late Rev. Smith in Buford Lake.
In 1950, Ocsie moved to the City of Benton Harbor, Michigan. Immediately upon her arrival, she united with the Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. W. E. Ellis. After several years, Ocsie later united in Christian fellowship with the New Paradise Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. Walter Smith. Ocsie served in many capacities of the ministry for the edification of the body of Christ including the Nurses Guild, the Choir, Treasure of the Youth Department, and the Usher Board. Ocsie humbly served under the pastoral guidance of the late Rev. Walter Brown, Rev. W. L. McAfee and remained faithful until her health declined under Pastor Willie T. Burton. On October 26, 2003, Ocsie celebrated 49 years in the ministry and as it stands, at the closing of her earthly journey, Ocsie celebrated 70 years of service with the New Paradise Church family.
Ocsie worked for Benton Harbor Area Schools as a crossing guard and after 30 plus years she retired from driving School Bus #37 in June 1996.
Ocsie didn’t have many hobbies, but she enjoyed beautifying her yard and will truly be missed for her long nature walks around the City of Benton Harbor, for she’s now resting from her labor in the arms of Jesus. She will forever be remembered in the hearts of her three children, Dorothy Parker, Barbara Porch and Bobby (Kay) Parker; six grandchildren, Tyler (Maria) Porch, Cerick Hart, Chance Hawkins, Zaryah Madison, John Grubbs and Josh Grubbs; five great-grandchildren; her last living sister, Flora Hines (age 95); sister-in-law, Doris Applewhite; and a host of nieces, nephews, and the New Paradise church family.
Ocsie was preceded in death by her husband, John Parker; her parents; her grandson, Anton Mark; three sisters, Rosie Lee Glasper, Martha D. Brady and Alberta Buels; two brothers, Lee Dale Lloyd and Adell Lloyd; her brother-in-laws, Pastor Joe N. Hines, Charlie Smith, and Richard Buels.